Arena Park Stock Car Races

Arena Park is about 1.2 miles from our house. When the wind is right, we used to be able to hear the stock car races at the park. This was back in the days before central air conditioning, so our windows were open with a big attic fan providing what little cooling breeze was out there.

Dad and I weren’t what you would call car people, but there was a period when we’d go out to catch the races. I don’t know if it was because he knew some of the racers or if it was just something to do to kill time in the evening.

Tom worked at The Missourian

(At least, I THINK his name was Tom.) I recognize at least one of the drivers as a guy who worked in the composing room at The Missourian.

Lester Harris when not climbing poles

When I did a story on a telephone company repairman, Lester Harris, a number of people mentioned that he raced cars. He shows up in several photos.

Hard to shoot at night

I knew I had a few stock¬† car photos kicking around, but I didn’t know that I had this many. Some of them are of marginal quality because they were shot at night with flash at long distances, but I’m including them to round out a portrait of the event.

These photos were taken in 1966. I shot a scuffle at the track that ran earlier this year.

Stock car photo gallery

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery.

68 Replies to “Arena Park Stock Car Races”

  1. Dose anyone remember Flying 00 Bob Williamson?
    He is in St. Louis hospital from a car accident and not doing to well. Doing a little better right now but has been in there for 7 months.

  2. Just wanted to let those who Bob Williamson, Flying 00, that Jan. 30 2016, he passed away. Had a long 8 months of fighting to survive. He will be missed and was well loved !!

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